Americans are increasingly reliant on cheap food imports from third world counties. But those are exactly the countries with lax safety and sanitation standards. And scientists like Michael Doyle, a microbiologist with the University of Georgia, are sounding the alarm, the Vancouver Sun is reporting.
Produce and seafood are of particular concern.
Here are two gruesome examples. In an interview, Doyle said food producers in China regularly use untreated human and animal waste for feeding farmed fish meant for eating and as a fertilizer for produce.
And in Thailand chicken coops are placed over fish and shrimp farms. The chicken feces is their main food source.
In the meantime, the FDA is working out how to implement new laws so there will be more oversight over food imports.